FARMING: RETHINKING THE ORIGINAL AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION: ENDING THE REBELLION AGAINST GOD

FARMING: RETHINKING THE ORIGINAL AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION: ENDING THE REBELLION AGAINST GODThe article linked to below shows great thinking. It's much more getting back to the garden. We need more food from trees and vines that last year after year. That's part of the Christian Commons Project™.

Ending 10,000 Years of Conflict between Agriculture and Nature
Organic agriculture is not enough; we must replace annual with perennial crops.
Dr. Stan Cox
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Humans now directly manage 27 percent of the Earth's surface area, harvesting more than 40 percent of the planet's biological productivity for our own uses. Yet food production per person is on the decline, and agriculture worldwide is doing more than ever to worsen the global ecological crisis. Like the Hindu god Shiva, today's agriculture is both a creator and a destroyer, partly as the consequence of conscious decisions taken by farmers, agribusiness executives, government officials, and food buyers. But the productivity and ecological impact of agriculture are also inherent in the crops and cropping methods that humans have relied upon for 10,000 years.

...Across the planet, more land has been converted from perennial to annual cover since 1950 than in the previous 150 years. This recent expansion of cropland has made it more and more necessary to apply chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which disrupt natural nutrient cycles and erode biodiversity [4, 5].

Perennial plants are highly efficient and responsive micromanagers of soil, nutrients, and water. Annual crops are not; they require churning of the soil, precisely timed inputs and management, and favourable weather at just the right time. With shorter growing seasons and ephemeral, often small root systems, annual crops provide less protection against soil erosion, wasting water and nutrients, storing less carbon below ground, and are less tolerant of pests than are perennial plant communities [6].
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By far the most important factor that determines the degree of soil erosion in a field is the type of vegetation, annual or perennial , that covers the land. In one field experiment encompassing 100 years of data collection, perennial crops were more than 50 times more effective than annual crops in maintaining topsoil....
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...we need perennial grain crops. ...
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...energy that supports them will be the sunlight that falls directly on them. They must function independently of fossil energy and synthetic chemicals.
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